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Bynes: Protestors Need to be Prepared to Protect Themselves

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Demonstrators stand in the street as police use tear gas and other devices to clear them as they protest the shooting death of Michael Brown on August 17, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Police sprayed pepper spray, shot smoke, gas and flash grenades as violent outbreaks have taken place in Ferguson since the shooting death of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9th. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

Demonstrators stand in the street as police use tear gas and other devices to clear them as they protest the shooting death of Michael Brown on August 17, 2014 in Ferguson, Missouri. Police sprayed pepper spray, shot smoke, gas and flash grenades as violent outbreaks have taken place in Ferguson since the shooting death of Michael Brown by a Ferguson police officer on August 9th. (Photo by Joe Raedle/Getty Images)

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FERGUSON, Mo. (KMOX) – A community leader in Ferguson says anyone participating in protests needs to be prepared.

Patricia Bynes, Democratic committeewoman of Ferguson Township, watched the looting of Dellwood Market overnight.

“These are dangerous times, very volatile,” she said. “Things change quickly.”

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On the air with KMOX’s Carol Daniel, Bynes said she can’t believe the looters are from the neighborhood, saying, “they think this is just a free-for-all.”

“This has gotten completely out of hand,” she said. “So I think you’re going to start seeing a whole lot more good people start standing up and just putting like a citizens-arrest feel to this thing now.”

Bynes cautioned anyone headed to Ferguson day or night to protest to be prepared for violence.  She was wearing a bullet proof vest and said she had a gas mask in her car.

“You don’t know who is who. The police do not know who is who,” Bynes said. “[If] people want to come down to these peaceful protests, they need to be smart and they need to be protected.”

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